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be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
on the defensive. chuck hagel grilled on capitol hill. did he blow his shot to convince lawmakers that he's the right man for the job? >> friday, february 1st, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. breaking news, we start with. two people have died, several people wounded in explosion that has taken place outside the u.s. embassy in ankara, turkey. chris lawrence joins us from the pentagon. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. not much information right now. turkey authorities are responding to that scene, trying to collect more information. the blast happened just a short while ago, some. news reports out of that area, saw a big flash, heard a big bang. reports of several people wounded near a side gate of the embassy. we're waiting for more information, the u.s., of course, has two major air bases in turkey no, where near the capit capital. soledad. >> thank you, chris, for watching this story. >>> also, we told you just moments ago, the former new york city mayor ed koch has died. he passed away from congestive heart failure. he had really problems with his heal
a friend in washington, get a dog. well, chuck hagel is learning that lesson the hard way after a self-proclaimed friend says he is unfit to serve as secretary of defense. >>> and oscar pistorius has the lead role in what could become south africa's trial of the century. we will dive into the murder charges against the olympic sprinter. >>> and two cardinals may not get a warm welcome when they get to the vatican, as catholic leaders prepare to pick a new pope. >>> john kerry is going to nine country us in 11 days. tee bee sides england, he will visit germany, turkey, egypt you saudi arabia, the united arab emirates and qatar. >>> there could be another addition to the president's cabinet this week. the u.s. senate is expected to vote on chuck hagel as secretary of defense. democrats believe they have the votes to confirm hagel, despite opposition to the pick from hagel's own republican party. >>> the president and congress go back to work this week and high on their agenda, the forced spending cuts, if they don't reach a budget deal by friday, $85 billion across-the-board cut goes int
to end the republican filibuster on chuck hagel's nomination to be the next secretary of defense. ten days ago we had the same exact vote and it failed. republicans, enough republicans blocked it so that the filibuster continued. but democrats in the white house only needed one more vote and we think that that is there, at least one more vote. so we believe at the end of this vote, which has approximately ten minutes left, chuck hagel will -- the way will be cleared for him to be secretary of defense. unclear if they'll have a final vote today or wait until tomorrow. but we're watching this to see exactly how it goes down. but one thing we did hear before this started was the republicans who are ardently opposed to him say that even if he is nominated, which i think he will be, he will be too battered and bruised to be an effective secretary of defense. they did one last at least public ask of the president to withdraw his nomination, which of course we knew was not going to happen. >> dana, keep us posted when this will become official. >>> italians went to the polls over the weekend
in atlanta, thanks to you. right now, live pictures, chuck hagel, new defense secretary arriving for his first day, officially on the job. he will be sworn in later today. a very brief picture of secretary hagel. who will spend much more time. >> on that pavement right there, walking across that pavement. >> can i ask a quick thing about the breast cancer story. how much of the could be if there are better ways to determine if people have breast cancer. all those years ago, only 250 women. relatively small women. it grows dramatically because the ways you can discover women have breast cancer is better. >> same with autism. is there more of it, or are we detecting it. >> 1976 wasn't the middle ages. >> but technology in that field has -- >> that's true. >> i was going to given the advice, know your breasts, but i will let that go. >> i want to hear the joke. >> u.s. a good one. >> but on tv, not going to do it. >> i think the food supply. so many hormones used in food and if that has an impact on people. >> i know people are investigating that. interesting. >>> a cia officer-turned-whist
they say left campus in a vehicle. >>> and in just a few hours, chuck hagel will begin his first day the work, he was finally confirmed as the new against secretary, the vote 58-41 with four republicans voting for hagel. he is the first man enlisted -- actually the first man who served in combat as an enlisted man to head up the defense department. >>> more of our kunlg of tcover pope's final address add and also the possibility that the u.s. might help the rebels in sear kyria directly. >> and what dennis rodman is doing in north korea. ♪ i've got something for you too. (announcer) fancy feast delights with cheddar. a meal that is sure to delight your cheese lover. fancy feast. the best ingredient is love. from capital one... boris earns unlimited rewards for his small business. can i get the smith contract, please? thank you. that's three new paper shredders. [ boris ] put 'em on my spark card. [ garth ] boris' small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase every day. great businesses deserve unlimited rewards. read back the chicken's testimony, please. "buk, buk, bukka!" [
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around the president. >> what's the latest? the president saying good-bye to leon panetta. chuck hagel hasn't been confirmed -- >> chuck hagel -- at the white house, they're saying he's going to get confirmed. they had the 55 democrat and independent votes that they need. they still say a filibuster would not be successful. but in chuck hagel and in john kerry, what the president has is not a team of rivals. it's more a team of boosters. people he feels comfortable with. that's the way he's going, clearly, in the second term. not a lot of sort of outsiders that he doesn't know or feel will support him. >> we'll know when that final confirmation in the senate armed services committee -- >> we don't. although the chairman has said, you've had requests for more information about financial disclosure, this is more than is required. it's very clear that levin wants to get a vote going quickly. they'd like to have hagel confirmed by the 27th. >> gloria, thanks very much. >>> violent protests erupting on the streets of tunisia. lisa sylvester is monitoring that and some of the other top stori
? >> well, chuck hagel's hearing, i think inept would be a generous word to describe. it of course they're going to pour through the senator's statements and decisions to discern and ascertain his judgment on really crucial, crucial matters facing our country in terms of national security. we want the sharpest knife in the drawer at the pentagon. that's the job description. he's not going to the department of the interior. in terms of whether or not republicans will vote to confirm him, democrats need to hold together and get five republicans to confirm him and he should be able to become the next secretary of defense. there are grumblings among republican senators that they may consider putting a hold on his information to extracts more answers from the administration on the issue of benghazi. that this could be leverage to get to the bottom of that debacle and understanding better the administration's timeline, position, since they didn't get straight answers from former secretary of state hillary clinton. >> yeah. >> i think if they do that, it would be a big political mistake. the p
at the pentagon, chuck hagel, and then john brennan, his pick for the cia. obviously the benghazi matter is an obstacle for chuck hagel's confirmation and vote there in congress and then this john brennan matter is very important to the issue of these targeted drone strikes, rand paul, the senator from kentucky has said that he is willing to hold up that vote on john brennan. if he doesn't receive assurances from the white house that the united states will not target any drone strikes on americans on american soil. so some of this information i think the administration is hoping will at least for now satisfy some of those members with these concerns, wolf. >> it's going to be a tough battle, i take it. both of these confirmations likely to go through next week. but it's by no means a done deal, is it? >> reporter: it's not a -- especially when you have senators saying they may hold up nominees and so we're going to have to wait and see whether or not senator paul is satisfied with the information that he's getting from the white house. but this is perhaps, you know, a break in an impasse
deal. >> it is. very big deal. >> chuck hagel to become the next defense secretary 24 hours ago the chairman of the senate armed committee said they are not going to vote on his confirmation today and spoke to carl levin and said this. >> we can't not vote because there's dissatisfaction on the part of the people because that would be endless. we're going to schedule a vote as soon as we're ready to have a vote. i think this confirmation looks very much on track to me. >> so what are the republicans trying to achieve? >> here's what's interesting. we have the two confirmation hearings going on. brennan you saw today defending the drone strikes, for example. you see with chuck hagel where he has to defend himself. it's not the administration, because he has become the target here. what republicans are trying to do and they've asked for more information, financial information regarding corporations or entities that hagel has been affiliated with and whether they have any foreign investment. they are asking for this more paperwork and what they are trying to do is build momentum ag
committee postponed a vote on chuck hagel. the reason, republicans want more of hagel's financial information, compensation for speechers the former republican senator gave after leaving office. hagel appears to have enough senate to break a possible filibuster and ultimately be confirmed but again it has been delayed for now. >>> chris christie is furious after former white house aide said she's concerned his weight problem might cause him to die in office. christie's response to the doctor "shut up" he says. jim acosta joins us live from washington. the governor quite blunt didn't appreciate it when the doctor was equally blunt, jim. >> no, i think, john, the governor would like a second opinion after all of this. chris christie responded to a former white house doctor's warnings about the new jersey governor's health calling the doctor as you mentioned a "hack" and telling her to "shut up." it started earlier when the potential presidential contender appeared on "the late show with david letterman" joked about his weight and took a bite from a doughnut, that concerned former wh
senator chuck hagel has been nominated to replace panetta. that confirmation vote continues and has been postponed. >>> a look at this massive crowd that filled the streets in tunisia. this was a public funeral of an opposition leader shot dead outside his home wednesday. thousands of grieving and angry folks marching with his coffin to a cemetery. many believe it was a political assassination. riot police have violently put down several public demonstrations since that shooting. >>> and of course getting back to california, one of our main stories here, the hunt for the former cop now a murder suspect. christopher dorner accused of killing three people around l.a. and declaring war on the entire lapd in a rampage seeking revenge for being fired. casey wian is with us from los angeles, and paul would ybuchan big bear. paul, i want to start off with you because we heard from the sheriff there and they continue the search even though the weather is pretty bad in big bear. they lost his tracks because the ground is frozen. so how are they pursuing this? >> reporter: well, they're continuing
rights and trying to take down defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. >> have you been paid by a foreign government. >> it is unusual for a freshman to be this outspoken en a high profile issue. >> at the end of the day, i was elected to represent 26 million texans and to speak the truth. you know, i think a lot of americans are tired of politicians in washington in both parties who play games. >> reporter: the 42-year-old cuban american from texas, studied the principles and memorized the constitution as a teenager thanks to his father, a cuban refugee. he became splis ter general of texas, arguing for state rights and religious freedom before the u.s. supreme court. tea party activist bucked the gop establishment to help elect cruz. >> he's the total package. he's a great messenger for ideas, a true believer and a guy you never have to wonder about how he's going to vote. >> reporter: conservatives in texas may be ecstatic he's so aggressive so fast, but for some senior republican senators, not so much. what are guiding principles of the senate for a freshman senator is come in and be
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